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The Gawthrop surname was derived from any of several place names in West Yorkshire. The place names are thought to be derived from the Old Norse word "gaukr," which meant "cukoo bird."

Gawthrop Early Origins



The surname Gawthrop was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor in the West Riding. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1541 when Christopher Gawthorpe held estates in that shire.

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Gawthrop Spelling Variations


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Gawthrop Spelling Variations



Gawthrop has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Gawthorpe, Gaythorpe, Gathorne, Gauthorpe, Gawthrop, Gawthropp, Gawthrup, Gawthrupp, Gawthrope, Gathrope, Gaythorpe, Gathorn, Gorthorp and many more.

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Gawthrop Early History


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Gawthrop Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gawthrop research. Another 165 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Gawthrop History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gawthrop Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gawthrop Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Gawthrop Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Gawthrops to arrive on North American shores:

Gawthrop Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Chas.S. Gawthrop, who emigrated to the United States, in 1905
  • Lucy J. Gawthrop, who settled in America, in 1905
  • Mabel J. Gawthrop, who landed in America, in 1905
  • Mrs. Charles S. Gawthrop, aged 38, who emigrated to the United States, in 1911
  • Alfred H. Gawthrop, aged 31, who emigrated to the United States, in 1912
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Gawthrop Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • John T. Gawthrop, aged 21, who emigrated to Winnipeg, Canada, in 1916

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gawthrop (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Gawthrop (post 1700)



  • Robert S. Gawthrop (1878-1944), American Republican politician, Common Pleas Court Judge in Pennsylvania, 1915-19; Superior Court Judge in Pennsylvania, 1922-33; Defeated, 1932, 1932
  • Ralph Allen Gawthrop (1885-1959), American Democrat politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Harrison County; Elected 1952
  • Joseph James Wrightsman Gawthrop (1842-1910), American politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Barbour County, 1897-98
  • Arthur N. Gawthrop, American politician, Mayor of Greenbelt, Maryland, 1939-41
  • Daniel E Gawthrop (b. 1949), American composer
  • Robert S. Gawthrop III (1942-1999), United States federal judge
  • Peter Gawthrop, Professor in the Faculty of Engineering at Glasgow University

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    2. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    3. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    4. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    5. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    6. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    8. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    9. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    10. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
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    The Gawthrop Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gawthrop Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 3 November 2015 at 11:46.

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